Betting against Toledo men’s basketball in March: a tradition unlike any other.
I know what you’re saying. ‘Man, 11 years at one school with no national tournament appearances. That’s a lot.’
And you’re right. That is a lot. Actually, Kowalczyk is one of the longest tenured coaches in Division 1 to never have made the tournament. Only Brian Katz at Sacramento State (13 years), Bill Herrion at New Hampshire (16 years) and Barclay Radebaugh at Charleston Southern (16 years) have a longer run without making the big dance.
Real quick, Barclay Radebaugh is an absolutely ridiculous name.
But there you go. Charleston Southern, New Hampshire, Sacramento State, Toledo.
There are 39 head coaches (listed below) that have been at the same school longer than Kowalczyk:
Sean Miller, George Ivory, Scott Drew, Scott Davenport, Radebaugh, Cliff Ellis, Bob McKillop, Mike Krzyzewski, Leonard Hamilton, Mark Few, Edward Joyner, Tommy Amaker, Ron Cottrell, Bill Self, John Calipari, Fran O’Hanlon, Brett Reed, Dan Monson, Tom Izzo, Herrion, Roy Williams, LeVelle Moton, Matthew Driscoll, Bill Coen, Ben Jacobson, Mike McConathy, Mike Brey, Greg Kampe, Matt Painter, Chris Mooney, Katz, Mark Schmidt, Randy Bennett, Jim Boeheim, Jay Wright, Tony Bennett, Randy Rahe, Bob Huggins, James Jones
Eight of those guys have won national titles. Mark Few or Scott Drew might make it nine. So If you’re at a school for a dozen years, you’re currently more likely to win a national championship than to have never made the tournament. Lol.
Hot seat? Nah. He just keeps getting signed to extensions. He’s signed through 2023-24 and his recent MAC Coach of the Year Award will buy him another couple of years.
He’ll be going for a dozen straight next season. Go Rockets.